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USPS at center of 2020 election conversation

USPS mail boxes outside Goleta Post Office
Ryan Fish / KEYT

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. — The United States Postal Service has found itself in the middle of the 2020 Election conversation. ABC News reports as many as 10 state attorneys general are preparing to sue President Donald Trump’s administration over defunding the USPS.

Those states attorneys generals are all Democrats. They're from California, Connecticut, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington.

In a statement California Attorney General, Xavier Becerra, said in part, “Free and fair elections are the cornerstone of our democracy. That means relying on our postal service more than ever during this pandemic. Unsurprisingly, that doesn't stop President Trump from attacking our mail and lying about the facts no matter who gets hurt."

Tuesday at 1 p.m. Democrat House of Representatives member Salud Carbajal, who represents California’s 24th district, will host a press conference at the Goleta Post Office. He is expected to address the national conversation about the USPS and how it will effect mail-in ballots in November’s general election.

In a press release Tuesday, newly appointed, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy announced he will suspend several cost-cutting initiatives he had previous instated. 

He said in part, “I want to make a few things clear: The Postal Service is ready today to handle whatever volume of election mail it receives this fall. Even with the challenges of keeping our employees and customers safe and healthy as they operate amid a pandemic, we will deliver the nation’s election mail on time and within our well-established service standards.”

KEYT plans to livestream Representative Carbajal’s press conference. KEYT also plans to interview his challenger Andy Caldwell for his thoughts on the USPS and mail-in ballots.

DeJoy is expected to testify at a U.S. Senate hearing on Friday and to the U.S. House of Representatives on Monday.

National Politics / Politics / Santa Barbara- S County / Santa Maria - North County

Scott Sheahen

Scott Sheahen is a reporter at KEYT | KCOY | KKFX.